Doing the same thing all over again – Nearly Legal

‘A county court appeal arising out of a set of proceedings starting with a disrepair claim by a private sector tenant, which raises issues of service and when second proceedings are an abuse of process. Our thanks to Hardwicke Chambers for making the judgment available.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th October 2018

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ISSUE-BASED COSTS ORDER? Departing from the usual rule in r.44.2 CPR – Zenith PI

Posted October 9th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘In Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust [2018] EWHC 2491 QB, Mrs Justice Yip DBE considered whether it was reasonable to depart from the usual rule in r.44.2 that the winner recovers their costs in full. This is a useful example of how a Court approached the principle of costs when the overall winning party was unsuccessful on a particular issue.’

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Zenith PI, 8th October 2018

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Who must disclose what and when? – Family Law

Posted October 9th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, documents, family courts, news by tracey

‘Family procedural law is not as clear as it might be over when “a person who is not a party to the proceedings” (a non-party) can be compelled to produce documents and other information into family proceedings (eg the police, tax authorities, a doctor or accountant etc).’

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Family Law, 9th October 2018

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Multiple defendants, discontinuance and QOCS – Zenith PI

Posted September 27th, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘Cartwright v Venduct Engineering Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1654. When a claimant with the benefit of QOCS protection discontinues a claim there should be no enforceable costs order against them unless there has been fundamental dishonesty in bringing the claim. But what is the position in a case of multiple defendants where the same claimant is eventually successful in obtaining damages from another defendant to the action?’

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Zenith PI, 26th September 2018

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Civil Procedure Discontinuance, QOCA and Fundamental Dishonesty – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 19th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, fraud, insurance, news by sally

‘The claimant discontinued a claim. The defendants alleged that the claim was dishonest and asked the court to determine the issue of fundamental dishonesty so the defendants could enforce their entitlement to costs.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 18th September 2018

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QOCS applied to whole case after defendant’s unsuccessful PI counterclaim – Litigation Futures

Posted September 18th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘An unsuccessful defendant in a road traffic claim for financial losses who made an unsuccessful counterclaim for personal injury (PI) was entitled to the protection of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) for the whole case, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th September 2018

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Anchoring claims to a UK subsidiary – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘The recent decision of the High Court in Vattenfall AB v Prysmian SpA [2018] EWHC 1694 (Ch) is another example of claimants being allowed to use non-addressee English subsidiaries as anchor defendants for their competition damages claims. It is also another example of the court considering but not actually having to decide the interesting legal points around attribution of liability which potentially arise in such cases.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 7th September 2018

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The QOCS regime and ‘mixed’ police claims – UK Police Law Blog

Posted August 31st, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, personal injuries, police by tracey

‘The High Court has held in Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Brown [2018] EWHC 2046 (Admin) that qualified one-way costs shifting (“QOCS”) protection does not apply automatically in proceedings where a claimant is advancing both a claim for damages for personal injury and a claim other than a claim for damages for personal injury (a “mixed claim”).’

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UK Police Law Blog, 28th August 2018

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Bar Council: New open justice rule could disadvantage litigants in person – Litigation Futures

Posted August 28th, 2018 in barristers, civil procedure rules, disclosure, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A new rule putting the parties under an explicit obligation to disclose to the other side communications with the court could disadvantage litigants in person (LiPs), the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th August 2018

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Eviction companies, conducting litigation, and defective notices – Nearly Legal

Posted August 28th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, housing, landlord & tenant, news, notification by sally

‘Ms Kassam was the assured shorthold tenant of the Gills. It appears that rent arrears accrued. After serving a section 21 notice which turned out to be defective, the Gills sought the services of a set up called “Remove a Tenant” (RaT), a trading name of Fentham Group Limited. RaT served a section 8 notice seeking possession on grounds 8, 10 and 11, as ‘agents’ for the Gills.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th August 2018

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High Court: No duty on solicitors to alert other side to errors – Litigation Futures

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, law firms, news, service, solicitors by sally

‘Litigation solicitors are not under a duty to alert their opponents to errors which they have not caused, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd August 2018

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Appeal restores restrictions on non-parties’ access to trial documents – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 14th, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, documents, news, trials by sally

‘Access to trial documents by those that are not parties to a particular case is limited to ‘records of the court’, and does not include the likes of trial bundles nor, in general, other trial documents, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2018

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Success of court disclosure reforms requires ‘cultural change’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, documents, news by sally

‘Plans to overhaul document disclosure in the courts in England and Wales have been approved by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th August 2018

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Appeal judges take master to task for handing boxes of documents to non-party – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has strongly criticised a Queen’s Bench Master who allowed six boxes of court documents to be removed from the High Court by a non-party without notifying the defendant.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th August 2018

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Caroline Wood discusses costs, Qowcs and multiple defendants – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 6th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, enforcement, news, personal injuries by sally

‘This was a noise induced hearing loss claim where the claimant had issued against 6 Defendants. On 12 December 2016, the claimant compromised its claim against D4 – D6. That compromise was in the form of a Tomlin order. It ordered that all further proceedings in respect of the claims against D4- D6 were stayed, except for the purposes of carrying out the agreed terms of settlement, which were set out in a separate schedule.’

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Park Square Barristers, 24th July 2018

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Rule committee signs off disclosure pilot rules – Litigation Futures

Posted August 1st, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has given its final approval to the two-year disclosure pilot scheme for cases in the Business & Property Courts.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st August 2018

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Applying to commit for breach of a child arrangements order – Family Law

Posted July 19th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, contact orders, family courts, news by tracey

‘Family analysis: Sarah Keily, partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore in Tunbridge Wells, discusses the decision in CH v CT [2018] EWHC 1310 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 03 (Jul), which illustrates the need to strictly comply with the relevant procedural requirements when seeking a committal order following a breach of a child arrangements order.’

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Family Law, 19th July 2018

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UK government launches consultation on open justice – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government is seeking to clarify the rules governing when litigation should be heard in private, in a bid to safeguard the principles of open justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th July 2018

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Lawyers could be forced to share notes of hearings with litigants in person – Litigation Futures

‘A new rule giving judges the power to order lawyers to share notes of hearings with litigants in person is being proposed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Another new rule would put the parties under an explicit obligation to disclose to the other side communications with the court.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th July 2018

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Good and bad news for Civil Liability Bill opponents – Legal Futures

‘There was good and bad news from Parliament yesterday for opponents of the Civil Liability Bill as its consideration by MPs was delayed but chances of it being amended receded.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2018

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